Thank you for taking time to visit, and I hope I am even a tiny bit helpful as I have been helped and blessed by so many others. I have been doing Calligraphy since teens, and card making for many years as well. In 1990 I delighted in the joys of stamping with ink and embossing after a trip to Cairns, Qld. In 2009 I discovered the brayer, 2010 the Cuttlebug, also have now taking to reading up on crafting blogs and lo! Here I am, on one of my own.

I live on the coast of eastern Australia. I am a Christian. I trusted in the LORD down here at the beach, amazingly it is not far from where I now live. It was over 40 years ago, after a Beach Mission Service at the age of 12 years

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

WOYWW What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 110

Here is the finished work from my desk for this week and ... finally finished.  Hurrah!! Took an awful lot of gold leaf - 3 sheets in all! I use 23 carat gold leaf on tissue back, with glue size for build up. This is not the frame it will be in, as my customer is taking it to her framer, but did it up in one so you can see it properly finished!
The verse is from Psalm 62 vs 8 "Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah." ("Meditate" in Hebrew). Praise God for His unfailing love and place of refuge in this troubled world.
I have finished Morti’s mother’s piece, and it is safely in England, so here it is. Her mother’s birthday was about now (a big HAPPY 80th BIRTHDAY, MUM!).
 
After the interest last week on the birds in my yard I thought I would show you the photo of the “clowns “of my yard. They love the grevilleas and the bird bath is another play area for them. They are really amusing and at times quite raucous in their disputes among their flocks.
 

These rainbow lorikeets love the grevilleas. These are some photos of feed-time on the Honeybird Yellow Grevillia, which is most definitely their favourite of the grevilleas in my garden. along with Birdsong which is the gorgeous Orange one on my Verse of the week - see sidebar. 
Truly God's creation is very, very beautiful!
 
Rainbow Lorikeet “Lorikeets are considered a small to medium parrot and range in size from 150mm (6") to 400mm (16"). The colour of the bird depends upon the species and the variation with in that species, however bright colours are common and popular. Lorikeets are one of the few parrots that eat mainly nectar and pollen. In Australia, it is common along the eastern seaboard, from Queensland to South Australia and northwest Tasmania.”

For those of you who are puzzled why we are looking at work desks... join in the fun take a trip over to the royal hostess, Queen Julia of WOYYW, drop by Julia's Stamping Ground!

And may God bless your day wherever you might be,
Shaz in Oz.x
PS the birds are wild birds, not pets as some asked.

36 comments:

Toodles and Binks (Galaxy Girl from UK STampers) said...

that's beautiful

Neet said...

Both pieces are beautiful - thanks for sharing. Those birds are so colourful - you are lucky. I am thrilled when I see my blackbird with his bright yellow beak, imagine how I would be over birds like these.
Well, I did it, dot of six, as quick as I could - and what ... one further back than last week. Ah well.
Will be in touch. Hugs, Neet #5

NatashaMay said...

Wow! I wish I had that kind of birds in my yard. :)) Great job on the project. I'm sure your client will love it.

RosA said...

Hi Shaz, Your finished piece is absolutely breathtaking. You must be pleased with it! By the way, your bird friends can also be found in my garden, living off the camellias! Your stamping is nearly finished ... you'll be happy to hear. With not having to do an HOH page this month, I have a "window of opportunity" for some other stuff.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Yes, I can finally leave comments again! And I want to know if those birds live in your yard, if you keep them as pets, or if they are free to migrate. I thought parrots were on the endangered species list and these lorikeets look a lot like parrots.

Of course, I would be shameful if I didn't mention your lovely calligraphy that is now finished.

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Truthfully..your WOYWW would never hold a candle to the beautiful birds you have in your yard. WOW..I would accomplish nothing if I had an idea there would be that beauty in our outdoors. I'd sit and watch for hours..Happy WOYWW and your Calligraphy is beautiful.

Minxy said...

Hay Shaz, The calligraphy is stunning, and how lovely to have such colourful birds in your garden. Happy Wednesday x
Minxy x

Julia Dunnit said...

Amazing to have Lorikeets as common or garden birds, when we see them as hugely exotic! When my parents lived inSydney they were regular visitors to her 23rd floor window garden! (2 tiny plant pots glued to the ledge containing herb!!)
The calligraphy is stunning...I see the build-up clearly - what a difference it makes!

jude said...

Absolutely stunning!sure the customer will be very pleased.I want that parrott...lol beautiful colour always ben my wish since i was a child to own a parrott to teach it to talk...lol.
HAVE FAB WEDENSDAY HUGS JUDEX 11

Helen said...

The finished pieces are just incredible. Thanks for sharing with us.
The rainbow lorikeet is pretty too, we only have plain green ones here.

peggy aplSEEDS said...

wow, gorgeous calligraphy projects! and the birds in your yard are amazing!

Spyder said...

Your work is just stunning and beautiful! Love the golden biuld up, fabulous. Love the little parrots too!. Only see them outside when we go to Spain. (very rarely these days) Have a great crafty week HaPpY wOyWW!?! ((Lyn))

Neil said...

Hi there.
Your finished piece is beautiful. Thank you for sharing it. Hope you have a blessed day.

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Your calligraphy made me smile, it's so beautiful. I'm sure Morti's mum will have loved her gift. I love work that involves text - I used to live in the North of England and regularly went to Durham Cathedral (one of the best in my opinion!) where the Lindisfarne Gospels are kept. I defy anyone not to be moved and awed by the sheer magnificence and beauty of what those monks created centuries ago.

okienurse said...

What a beautiful piece of work Shaz! Love it. My daughter does some illumination for a medieval reinactment group and I am always amazed at the work she puts into the scrolls. Love the pics of the Lorikeets! Beautiful birds. Thanks for sharing. Vickie #52

Dragon said...

Oh woo, that piece is fabulous now it's finished... and I LOVE those birds... how lovely to have such creatures in the garden... have a great week
Frankie
xx

karen said...

Beautiful calligraphy projects as always! Such beautiful colours and the built up gold really "pops".
How fabulous to have lorikeets visiting your yard! We do not have such colourful exotic birds in our yards in Canada. Although we did once have two peacocks that had come from a local petting zoo from miles away! That was a surprise!
Happy WOYWW!
xoxo Karen #53

Fuchsia said...

Lovely work !

sasa said...

Such stunning details, art and colour.... I can really see the depth on the gold letters! Morti's piece is a beauty - such a wonderful blue and I can see God sends you a rainbow of inspiration...!

angelfish said...

Wow! That piece is absolutely stunning:) I love the way you have built up the gold leaf, it looks wonderful.

nerllybird said...

Your work is absolutely beautiful, and so are those lorikeets!
Helen S

GLENDA BROOKS said...

Such an amazing piece and the one done in blues is also so very beautiful. Quite a lovely talent you have there lady! What gorgeous birds you have in your yard. I'm afraid those put ALL of ours to shame! We have nothing so colorful as these! You are a very lucky lady to have these just flitting in your yard!

JoZart said...

Such lovely pieces so much work and thanks for sharing now they are finished.
What amazing birds to have in your garden... beats the sparrows and blackbirds here!
Love joZarty x

Cathy said...

It is stunning now it is finished.
Happy WOYWW
Cathy xx

Bella said...

Your finished pieces are beautiful. Can't imagine how long it must have taken you to do all those layers. So lovely to see the incredible birds in your garden enjoying what you have on offer.

Mrs A. said...

What gorgeous coloured parrots these are and amazing that you could get so close to take the photos. Hugs Monkey & Mrs A.

Angie said...

What wonders you have on your post ...from your own talents to the beauty of nature.

butlersabroad said...

Couldn't agree more with Lunch Lady Jan as I'm from Durham, stunningly beautiful cathedral, amazing architecture and beautiful written texts too. I've also gazed for ages at The Book of Kells in Dublin on a visit there many years ago. Beautiful work Shaz I'm sure both Morti, her mum and you other customer must have been thrilled. Love the parrots, Mother Nature really does have a sense of humour! I've been wathcing McClouds Daughters reecently, and there are some birds regularly heard on there that I'd love to know what they are!! You never see them, only hear them and they're never referred too!!

Hugs
Brenda

Elizabeth said...

Hi Sahz, your calligraphy pieces are just beautiful - the gold work is fabulous. The one for Morti's mum is gorgeous, what a lovely gift for her to give. What brilliantly colourful birds to have visit your garden - blue tits are about as colourful as I get in mine, though I do love them anyway. As for raucous, you should hear the starlings fighting over the fat balls :) Wishing you a great week ahead and look forward to seeing what you are up to next week. Elizabeth x #99

Sam said...

That Calligraphy piece is stunning and the smaller one is divine too! Those birds are gorgeous! We have some colourful and cheeky robins who frequent our patio as well as the chooks!
I sent my card off to Ethyl via Sheree yesterday! Hope it gets there and does the trick!

lisa said...

Your finished masterpiece is just amazing, Shaz. All that gold must really shine in the sunshine. How talented you are.
I love seeing the birds you have over there, they are so bright and colourful and so totally different to ours.
Hope the sun is shing on you this week.
Hugs Lisax

Joyce across the Pond said...

Congratulations on the finished article...I managed to finish up today too...just need to start work on 14 card orders tomorrow....I also love your cards....had a great time reading your brother's blog...have sent it to my son who is an avid follower...he was here yest and was rushing home to see it all at his own large screen.
It's after midnight here and I must away to bed!
Blessings on you!

Sarah said...

Hi Shaz,
Your finished calligraphy is just beautiful:) I really love it. Lovely choice of scripture, too. God bles.
love, Sarah

Joyce across the Pond said...

Glad you are having a day 'off'...hmmmm housework - did mine yest...could have written in the dust perfectly....thankless task however has to be done....I actually took the time to go for a walk today...and have a guided tour of a neighbours secret garden...take care....

Jo said...

Thanks so much for dropping by the other day. Your work is amazing. Just so beautiful, my mother would simply love it:)

Jocelyn aka JoBear2 said...

Such beautiful calligraphy Shaz! It is truly a blessing to see your beautiful work.

Ahh, yes - the rainbow lorikeets - one of my favourite birds. We have tons of them here. Many fly north for the winter but we usually still have 1 or 2 pairs that come for the daily "feed". They are such characters and become tame so quickly. The young baby birds are so cute and are so clumsy when they walk along our decking rail. They always make me smile and I just love their bright colours. Did you notice my Avatar is a snapshot of lorikeets at our feeder on our decking?

{{hugs}} and blessings -
Jocelyn

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